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Cherai located in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, south India is a small and enchanting coastal town. Cherai is a part of the greater Vypin Island which came into existence as a result of the great flooding of 1341. The picturesque beach is the major attraction of this locale and is situated on the northern end of Vypin Island. Cherai is the the birth place of two prominent political personals of modern Kerala - Mathai Manjooran and Sahodaran Ayyappan who had played an important role in the history of modern Kerala.

Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple :
The Gowreeshwara Temple of Cherai is one of the major Hindu pilgrimage center. This prominent temple is mainatained by Vijnana Vardhini Sabha (V. V Sabha). The biggest festival in Eranakulam district is celebrated in this temple. It happens every year towards the last 2 weeks of January or first 2 weeks of February. Major attractions of this festival is the Elephant march (around 20-30 elephants).

Cherai Beach :
The picturesque beach of Cherai is located 26 kms from Cochin. This serene beach is located in the Cherai village of Ernakulam district with a coastline of 15 kms. Cherai beach is very clean and shallow as compared to other beaches of India. It is an ideal destination for the purpose of swimming and sunbathing. The sandy shore of the beach is surrounded with tall coconut trees and green paddy fields. Cherai beach is famous by the name of `Princess of the Queen of the Arabian Sea` and is also known as the golden beach of Kerala. The beach area has a 400 meters long walkway. The beach is also famous amongst the tourists for its fresh & delicious seafood.

Azheekkal Sree Varaha Temple :
Azheekkal Sree Varaha Venkateswara Temple situated in Cherai, Ernakulam district is constructed in A.D1869 and is the first GSB Temple in Kerala. The first Guru of Shri Kashi Math consecrated the idol on way back to Kashi after Sethusnana in Shri Rameshwaram. It is the one and only “Sampoornakshetra" of its kind in South India. Here both the deities of Sree Varaha and Sree Venkateswara are installed side by side and is worshiped as single moorthy (God).

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Portuguese Fort :
The Portuguese Fort Built in1503 is the oldest European monument in India. This prominent fort is also known as 'Aya Kotta' which was an outpost to safeguard the famous Mussiris Port. Later in 1661 the Dutch captured the fort and in 1789 the fort was handover to the King of Thiruvathankoor.

Pallipuram Church :
The Pallipuram church located near to the beach of Cherai is built by the Portuguese in the year 1577. The exquisite picture of Ave Mary on the top of "Altar" is brought from Portugal.

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